Andrew Garfield and director Marc Webb, who combined to put a new spin on the Spider-Man movie franchise this summer, will return for the sequel. The Amazing Spider-Man, which rebooted the franchise just five years after Sam Raimi concluded his trilogy with Tobey Maguire, grossed more than $750 million at the global box office. “We could not be more confident in the direction we are taking this new Spider-Man storyline and we are tremendously excited to be ramping up production again with Marc at the helm and Andrew continuing on as Peter Parker,” said Doug Belgrad, president of Columbia Pictures, in a statement.
The new adventure, which will begin shooting in early 2013, is already pegged for release on May 2, 2014. Star Trek writers Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci, and Jeff Pinkner (Fringe) wrote the screenplay, based in part on a draft from The Amazing Spider-Man scribe, James Vanderbilt.
Emma Stone, who played Peter Parker’s love interest Gwen Stacy, remains in talks and “is expected” to return to the franchise.